ABOUT PRY SAFE
Project SAFE of NYU Lutheran Family Health Centers has been providing teen leadership and HIV peer education programming since 1989 at the Project Reach Youth site in Brooklyn. Project SAFE trains youth between the ages of 14 and 19 to provide life-saving information to their peers through workshops, performances, and community outreach. Project SAFE provides youth with the support and the opportunities they need to not only avoid risky behaviors, but to develop to their full potential and become agents of change in their communities.
We seek to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS by empowering an inclusive network of individuals and communities that build upon the existing strengths of young people to increase their access to culturally appropriate information and services concerning their sexual health.
Our strategy consists of:
- Educating members of our community about healthy practices and encouraging them to make healthy decisions.
- Providing people with as many opportunities to get tested as possible.
- Working with a group of young people enrolled in our SAFE programs to holistically nurture them and create a widely cast support system for them.
- Training SAFE youth to be Peer Educators and promote the SAFE lifestyle in their communities.
- Connecting our community to services available to them.
- Using the arts to communicate our message of safe sex awareness and prevention to empower and enrich our community’s culture.
- Creating and maintaining an ever-fresh, ever-evolving and always SAFE lifestyle that is inclusive to everyone.
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